Just got an email from my credit card company asking me to pledge to “shop small” this holiday season. My first thought was that this is a clever way to endear people like me: you won’t catch me lining up outside WalMart at 5 a.m. to fill my cart.
On closer reading, however, the company wants to reward you for…spending money. That’s right: show your support of the anti-Black Friday crowd by buying something.
On the face of it, you support the community by “spending small.” Just plunk down $25 on your credit card to be part of the cool crowd.
But here’s the thing: in order to participate you have to spend $25 on your credit card. Friday.
Don’t you think a more genuine approach would be to spend nothing on Black Friday?
My favorite holidays are the ones when we limit our spending and make gifts. I prefer to haunt the arts-and-crafts markets for local goods and find rarities at the antique and junk stores.
Better yet, pledge to do something rather than buy something.
I made an appointment to give blood.